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NewsBreaks
Controversy Surrounds Stop Online Piracy Act as Mark-Up Approaches
by George H. Pike
On Oct. 26, 2011, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA; H.R. 3261) was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. A companion bill to the previously introduced PROTECT-IP Act, SOPA would give government officials and content owners new authority to go after "rogue websites" that traffic in infringing, pirated, and counterfeit intellectual property. In the month since the act has been introduced, a groundswell of controversy has enveloped the proposal with competing claims that could lead to a "copyright police state," or that, if it doesn't pass, the "U.S. copyright system will ultimately fail."

Weekly News Digests
OverDrive Announces Ebook Device 'Test Drive' Program for Libraries
OverDrive announced Test Drive, a program for libraries to support demonstration and lending of ebook reading devices and tablets to their patrons. The program includes device recommendations and guidelines for setup, maintenance, and support, as well as best practices for institutions that want to stock and lend ebook readers and tablets to patrons. Whether you are considering providing demo units inside or lending devices outside the library, the Test Drive program will provide useful guidelines to work within the framework of your OverDrive ebook lending collection.
NLM Enhances Drug-Naming Standard for Electronic Health Records
The RxNorm standard clinical drug vocabulary produced by the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) now contains more accurate and complete connections between National Drug Codes (NDCs) and standard nonproprietary names of medications recommended for use in electronic health records (EHRs). For the first time, it also includes the complete set of NDCs from Thomson Reuters' Red Book, a drug database widely used in the healthcare industry.
FindLaw Launches Legal Pulse
FindLaw.com introduced FindLaw Legal Pulse, a new content area that offers continuously updated legal headlines from around the world, along with news, photo feeds, and analysis from such sources as Reuters, the Associated Press, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. The content covers a broad range of law-related topics, everything from Supreme Court decisions to legislative updates, everyday legal issues, and even sports and celebrity news.

NewsLink Spotlight
EPUB 3 Becomes Final IDPF Specification—Poised to Unleash an Econtent Revolution
by Paula J. Hane
If you think that developments in ebooks and the e-reading experience have been hitting at a fast pace, get ready for it to get really exciting. A new specification has been approved that should accelerate the progress toward richer experiences. On Oct. 11, 2011, at Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany, the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) announced the completion of a major revision to EPUB, which has become the global standard interchange and delivery format for ebooks and other digital publications. The IDPF membership unanimously voted to elevate EPUB 3 to a final IDPF Recommended Specification, which is publicly available at http://idpf.org/epub/30.

Conference Connection

CONFERENCE CALENDAR 

March 7–11, The 9th Health Informatics in Africa Conference (HELINA 2014)
Place: Accra, Ghana
Sponsor/Organizer: Ghana Health Informatics Association (GHIA)
URL: conf.helina-online.org/index.php/2014/oct2014

March 10, ALPSP Training Course: Developing Open Access and Hybrid Journals
Place: London
Sponsor/Organizer: Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP)
URL: alpsp.org/Ebusiness/Meetings/Meeting.aspx?ID=429

March 12–13, Conference of the Bells
Place: Milan
Sponsor/Organizer: EXPO Milano 2015
URL: convegnostelline.it

March 14–18, The 18th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW 2015)
Place: Vancouver, British Columbia
Sponsor/Organizer: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
URL: cscw.acm.org/2015

March 20, ALPSP Training Course: Financial Management in Journals Publishing
Place: London
Sponsor/Organizer: Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP)
URL: alpsp.org/Ebusiness/Meetings/Meeting.aspx?ID=433

March 21–23, The 5th International Conference on Information Systems and Technologies (ICIST’15)
Place: Istanbul, Turkey
Sponsor/Organizer: Organizing committee
URL: ijist.net/ICIST15

March 24, ALPSP Training Course: Data Protection: Compliance Issues for Publishers
Place: London
Sponsor/Organizer: Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP)
URL: alpsp.org/Ebusiness/Meetings/Meeting.aspx?ID=441

March 25–28, ACRL 2015 Conference
Place: Portland, Ore.
Sponsor/Organizer: Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)
URL: conference.acrl.org

March 26–28, The Third International Conference on E-Technologies and Business on the Web (EBW2015)
Place: Paris
Sponsor/Organizer: Society of Digital Information and Wireless Communications (SDIWC)
URL: sdiwc.net/conferences/ebw2015

March 28–29, The 3rd International Conference on Information Technology and Science (ICITS 2015)
Place: Pattaya, Thailand
Sponsor/Organizer: Organizing committee
URL: icits.org

March 29–30, The Second Annual Library Publishing Forum
Place: Portland, Ore.
Sponsor/Organizer: Library Publishing Coalition (LPC)
URL: librarypublishing.org/events/lpforum15

March 29–April 2, The 37th European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR 2015)
Place: Vienna
Sponsor/Organizer: Austrian Computer Society and the Faculty of Informatics at the Vienna University of Technology
URL: ecir2015.ifs.tuwien.ac.at/wp

March 30–31, The Third Annual HTRC (HathiTrust Research Center) UnCamp
Place: Ann Arbor, Mich.
Sponsor/Organizer: HTRC
URL: hathitrust.org/htrc_uncamp2015

March 30–April 1, The UKSG 38th Annual Conference and Exhibition
Place: Glasgow, Scotland
Sponsor/Organizer: UKSG
URL: uksg.org/event/conference15

... View our complete conference calendar here.

ITI Blogs

If you regularly read blogs, add these to your reader:

ITI Books Blog booksblog.infotoday.comnews, observations, and commentary from the authors, editors, and publishers of Information Today, Inc.'s many book offerings.

ITI Conference Blog libconf.com – covering ITI's library conferences worldwide.

Library Stuff librarystuff.net – the library blog dedicated to resources for keeping current and professional development, written by Steven M. Cohen.

InfoToday Europe Blog infotodayeurope.com – The latest news, analysis and opinion on the information industry in Europe and the UK.

Business of Video blog blog.streamingmedia.com – Daily posts about the online video industry, business trends and analysis, market data, and research as well as the online video business models in the media and entertainment, broadcast, publishing, advertising and enterprise industries.

destinationCRM Blog destinationcrmblog.coma blog from the editors of CRM magazine, dedicated to providing Customer Relationship Management information in a timely manner to connect decision makers and providers.

SpeechTech Blog speechtechblog.com – updates on speech technology and its applications in daily life. Covers everything from ASR to VUI, with lots of links, threads, and even a few pictures thrown in for good measure.


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